Dear SPC Families,

I hope you all have a relaxing Labor Day weekend. This week we are all getting more into the swing of the school year. On Wednesday, we celebrated the 1st Mass of the School year. This Thursday mailing contains the following information:

  • Back to School Night
  • Isolation/ Quarantine Procedures
  • Travel
  • St. Paul of the Cross High School Fair: 7th and 8th Grade Only
  • Dress Code Reminders
  • Covid Dashboard

 

UPDATE: BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 8, 2021

Given the rise in Covid Cases and out of an abundance of caution, we have moved the Back to School Night to a virtual night. We will send out a full schedule with zoom links in the next few days. Please note the time of the Zoom meetings for your grade levels. We have attempted to space out the presentations to allow for families who have multiple children to attend. The Zoom sessions will also be recorded and included in next week's classroom newsletters. Please understand that this decision was not made lightly, but given our large enrollment, having that many parents in the buildings did not seem like a good idea. Next month, we anticipate offering both Zoom and in-person meetings for parent-teacher conferences because we can spread the visits out over two days. Thank you for your understanding. Dr. Mickelburgh will give a brief school year overview via Zoom from 5:30 pm-6:00 pm.

GRADE

TIME

PS

7:00-7:20 pm

PK

7:20-7:40 pm

Multiage

7:00-7:20 pm

Kindergarten

6:00-6:20 pm

1st Grade

6:40-7:00 pm

2nd Grade

6:20-6:40 pm

3rd Grade

6:00-6:20 pm

4th Grade

6:00-6:30 pm

5th Grade

6:35-7:05 pm

6th Grade

6:00-6:30 pm

7th Grade

6:35-7:05 pm

8th Grade

7:10-7:40 pm

 

UPDATED QUARANTINE PROCEDURES 9/1/21

The Archdiocese is continually making adjustments to policies to ensure in-person learning and keeping children safe. Please see below for important updates. 

Please click here for updated information regarding close contact exposure and isolation procedures. 

Masks

  • Mesh masks and masks with holes are not permissible.
  • Well-fitting masks featuring two or more layers of fabric and an adjustable nose wire are required.
    • Reusable cloth masks, disposable masks, and Kn95s (for children) all fit this description. Experience has shown that for most, reusable masks typically fit better than disposable child-size masks.
  • Please make sure to include an extra mask in a Ziploc-style bag in your student's backpack.
  • Additionally, please remember that masks are required indoors at all times by all individuals, including indoor athletics. Persistent disregard for proper mask use by athletes or spectators can and will lead to cancellation of games, practices and programs, as necessary.

Is your family traveling over the Labor Day holiday? Please note the following:

TRAVEL
As you may know, the City of Chicago Travel Advisory was recently updated. As of August 31, all but one state (Vermont) and four U.S. Territories are listed as "orange" states. While we continue to follow the City of Chicago's classification of "Orange" states, at this time, we are maintaining our travel quarantine requirements for non-vaccinated individuals. Non-vaccinated individuals must quarantine for 10 days or obtain a negative COVID test to avoid the need to quarantine. Vaccinated individuals are not required to quarantine after travel. You should continue to urge caution amongst staff and families when traveling with unvaccinated children.

  • All states, except for Vermont, are now "orange states," which means if your child is unvaccinated, they must either:

1. Quarantine for 10 days after they return to Chicago.

OR

2. Obtain a negative PCR Test (NO HOME TESTS ALLOWED) after returning from vacation. The child must quarantine until the test is turned into the main office. Test results must be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Fully vaccinated students/teachers/staff 
Do not need post-travel COVID-19 testing or self-quarantines as long as they are not symptomatic and provide proof of vaccination. 

 

International Travel 
The CDC currently requires a negative COVID-19 test or proof of recovery to board a plane to the United States. Because of this negative test, there is no required quarantine upon arrival, regardless of vaccination status.

St. Paul of the Cross High School Fair: 7th and 8th Grade Only

Date:  Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Time:  6:30 pm - 7:15 pm  7th grade

            7:15 pm - 8:00 pm 8th grade

Location:  Gym

With the large number of students, we are asking that just one parent attends with your child. Masks must be worn at all times in the school

Schools invited:
Fenwick, Loyola, Notre Dame, Regina, Resurrection, St. Ignatius, St. Patrick, St. Viator, Trinity, Woodlands, Depaul College Prep


DRESS CODE REMINDERS:

Hair Policy- With school in full swing and summer vacation behind us, we ask that students comply with the hair policy. As per the handbook:

* Hair touching shirt collars on boys is unacceptable. Hair extending below eyebrows or extreme hairstyles is unacceptable for both boys and girls. Administration reserves the right to define extreme.

*No hair dye of any nature may be worn. 

If your child needs a haircut or needs to wash out the hair dye, please take advantage of the three-day weekend to schedule an appointment.

COVID DASHBOARD
September 2, 2021
Covid Dashboard 9 2 21

Please keep reading below for upcoming events and extracurricular activities (school and community) for the students! 

Peace,
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh


 

Tiger Fun Run 21!

Dear SPC Families,
We are so excited to bring back the SPC Tiger Fun Run this year! Mark your calendars for Friday, September 24th!

The SPC Tiger Fun Run is a ten-day, all-school program that kicks off with a pep rally on Wednesday, September 15th. Students/families will then be gathering pledges for running in the Tiger Fun Run on Friday, September 24th. This year, our goal is to raise $100,000, and we need your help!

Sponsorship Opportunities:

$250 Family or Business sponsorship

  • Name and/or logo on the Tiger Fun Run webpage – logo will be clickable to your business website

$500 Family or Business sponsorship

  • Name and/or logo on the Tiger Fun Run webpage – logo will be clickable to your business website
  • Name and Logo on the Fun Run Sponsor Banner on Northwest Highway September 15 - October 1st
  • Name and Logo on Fun Run Sponsor Banner located at the Fun Run in the main parking lot

All students will participate and gather pledges through their own personalized pledge pages.

To sign up for one of our sponsorship packages, please click here.

If you would like to use a logo, please email it to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Tuesday, September 7th.  

Thank you,

Renee Tarasievich, Nicole O’Connor & Eileen McManus
SPC Tiger Fun Run co-chairs



Just a reminder to RSVP for the Parent Mingle by Tuesday, September 7th. 
Click here to RSVP.
Parent Fun Mingle

 

HOME & SCHOOL ASSOCIATION

SPC TRIP: Rebates on tuition through gift card purchases
The Home & School Association is excited for another year of shopping through TRIP- a way for SPC families to earn rebates on their FACTS accounts with the purchase of gift cards. For more information, please reach out to the plan coordinator: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit: https://shop.shopwithscrip.com/. SPC's enrollment code for families (and friends) is C21ELFAD426. That's right, even extended families and friends can use the program as well to help out with your child's tuition. SPC currently has several gift cards on hand available for purchase. Many of the gift cards on the site are e-cards, but if you're looking for a physical gift card- or to stock up before the holidays- we will be placing the next order for physical cards on 9/15. Please email with any questions!



Since we get to go back to in-person tours and parent events this year, the Welcome Committee is excited to plan for this year, and we would love new volunteers to join us! This committee helps to welcome new students and new families and sends out communication to help with important information and events that occur during the year. The Committee will also help with Admissions events, such as New Family Night and Early Childhood Night, and helps keep all families feel welcomed and part of this wonderful community through fun parent mingles! If you are interested in joining the committee, please complete the form linked here.


 

 

Smiling Strings Returns to SPC!
Fall In-Person Violin Lessons
violin image

Lessons take place on Tuesdays (2-3 PM) beginning Sept 21st

Open to New & Returning Students Grades K-8

$239 for 10 weeks + annual $55 materials fee
(violin rental not included)

 
 
CHESS ED

Register NOW for the Fall Session of Chess-Ed’s Chess Enrichment Program

Registration for the Fall Session of the after-school chess program is underway! The 10-week program takes place on Tuesdays from 2-3 pm and runs from 9/14/21 to 11/16/21. The chess program is taught by Chess-Ed instructors and is open to students in 1st through 8th grade and students of all chess abilities. Professional instruction will include the basics for beginning and novice players and build with opening theory, middle game planning, and end game combinations for continuing students. Playing chess improves memory, uses analytical and critical thinking skills, teaches problem solving, responsibility, sportsmanship, social skills and more! The benefits of chess last a lifetime!

To register, please go to www.2021-2022spcchess.eventbee.com. For more information about the program, please see the program flyer. Chess-Ed is looking forward to seeing your CHESS ENTHUSIAST this Fall!
Chess-Ed Flyer

 

From the Parish 

We have an active and vibrant parish and encourage everyone to read the weekly bulletins for Fr. James' weekly letter and stay informed about all upcoming events and programs. 
Please click here for the latest bulletin. 
Please click here for Fr. James' "The Daily" - Daily Mass Readings and Reflections


 

Attention Men of St. Paul of the Cross Parish!

TMIY - "That Man is You" is a new Men's organization starting at St. Paul of the Cross Parish.
Becoming a Man After God's Own Heart 
Please click here to download the flyer 

 

From the Community

Loyola Academy Basketball Fall Skills League Attention Grades 3-8

St. Viator's Future Lion September Newsletter

Dear SPC Families,

It is wonderful to have the campus alive with students and teachers again! Thank you for all your patience with the arrival and dismissal information. We have made a slight change to the dismissal for the EGC to help decrease the congestion in the Safe Zone; please see below. 

As a parent, I know the beginning of the school year is always exciting; I look forward to hearing about my child’s day, the new teachers, new friends, and new learning. However, often my questions are answered with “everything was fine” or “not much happened.” To be honest, those responses often didn’t fly in my house--since for most of their lives, my children have attended the school where I was the administrator, and I know what happens at school! In an effort to have a better dialogue with my kids, I learned early on that I need to use more carefully selected questions rather than “How was your day?” I have included two brief articles below that may be able to help you gather some more information about your child’s school day than the standard “it was fine” or “ we didn’t do anything.”  

How to talk to your kids about their school day

25 Questions to ask your child about school

I am looking forward to a great school year. Thank you for entrusting the faculty and staff of SPC with your child’s education! Each week the Thursday Mailing will provide important information about the overall school program and events. On the weekend, your child’s teachers will send a weekly classroom newsletter that contains essential classroom information. Thank you for reading both mailings carefully.

In this week’s Thursday Mailing:

  • Dismissal Door Changes for Grades Preschool-2nd Grade
  • Save the Dates-upcoming events
  • Reopening Protocols & What to do if Your Child is Sick? 

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL- Change in the dismissal doors for Preschool-2nd Grade.

Thank you for your cooperation in following the procedures. We have evaluated the dismissal doors for grades preschool-2 as there is quite a bit of congestion in the safe zone at the end of the day. Please note the new dismissal doors; the new doors will begin on MONDAY, AUGUST 30. 

To aid in the congestion, we ask parents to leave campus immediately after they pick their child up as we want to prevent as much congregating as possible. 

STARTING MONDAY, AUGUST 30

Teacher

Half Day Dimissal Door (11:30)

Full Day Dismissal Door

Burke

D1

D1 2:55 pm Dismissal

Archer

D4 (classroom door)

D4 2:55 pm Dismissal

Xamplas

D1

D1 2:55 pm Dismissal

LoGalbo

D1

D1 2:55 pm Dismissal

Kusinski

D8

D2 2:55 pm Dismissal

Borkovic

D8

D2 2:55 pm Dismissal

     

Rabinak

D5

D3 2:55 pm Dismissal

Ciupinski

 

D3 2:55 pm Dismissal

Rinaldi

 

D3 2:55 pm Dismissal

Murphy

D5

D3 2:55 pm Dismissal

     

Hader

 

D5 3:00 p.m Dismissal

Dohr

 

D5 3:00 p.m Dismissal

Kraft

 

D5 3:00 p.m Dismissal

     

McCallister

 

D7 3:00 p.m Dismissal

Chaparro

 

D7 3:00 p.m Dismissal

Galvin

 

D8 3:00 p.m Dismissal

 

SAVE THE DATES:

Wednesday, September 8th – Back to School Night for Parents 6:00-8:00 pm

Friday, September 10 – 7:00-9:00 pm  Parent Mingle

We are excited to send you this invitation to kick off the 2021-22 school year with a Parent Mingle. We hope you can join us! RSVP links are below. 

Friday, September 24 – All School Tiger Fun Run!

REOPENING PLAN 21-22 KEEPING THE SPC COMMUNITY SAFE:

Please remember the following procedures and protocols:

WHAT TO DO IF MY CHILD IS SICK:

  1. Keep your child home.
  2. If symptoms last longer than 24 hours, students must receive a negative COVID-19 test or alternative medical diagnosis prior to returning to school.
  3. COMPLETE THE SPC ATTENDANCE FORM

REMINDER:  OPERATING PROCEDURES FOR THE 21-22 SCHOOL YEAR (previously sent) 

Isolation and Quarantine Procedures
All individuals must remain at home when sick or experiencing any symptoms to minimize the chance of spreading COVID-19 or other germs and viruses. Specific to COVID-19 quarantines:

Symptomatic or COVID-19 Positive Individuals

  • All symptomatic individuals must remain home, regardless of vaccination status. Families are obligated to report COVID-19 diagnoses, or close contact cases, to their school office
  • If symptoms last longer than 24 hours, an individual must receive a negative COVID-19 test or alternative medical diagnosis prior to returning to school.
  • Any individual who tests positive for COVID-19 must isolate for 10 days from the date symptoms first appeared or the date of a positive test result.

Quarantine Procedures for Close Contacts

  • Students/faculty/staff who are masked and maintain three feet of physical distancing from the positive individual do not need to quarantine.
  • Vaccinated students/faculty/staff do not need to quarantine if they are asymptomatic.
  • Unvaccinated students/faculty/staff who are close contacts to positive household members, including siblings, must quarantine.
  • There is no longer a need for the Catholic grade school to notify the high school of a sibling of a confirmed positive case – this will be the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian.

Quarantine guidelines continue to be fluid and we expect to issue updated guidance closer to the start of the school year.

COVID DASHBOARD:

Last year we published a weekly covid dashboard detailing current numbers regarding quarantines and cases. We will resume the weekly COVID Dashboard next week so that families are informed regarding current cases. 

Please read below my letter each week for more announcements and school information.

Peace,
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal


HOME & SCHOOL ASSOCIATION

Welcome to the new school year! We are excited to get to know all of our new families. Please stay tuned, and we will announce upcoming meetings. In the meantime, if you are looking for a way to be more involved at SPC, we have the committee for you!

Since we get to go back to in-person tours and parent events this year, the Welcome Committee is excited to plan for this year, and we would love new volunteers to join us! This committee helps to welcome new students and new families and sends out communication to help with important information and events that occur during the year. The Committee will also help with Admissions events, such as New Family Night and Early Childhood Night, and helps keep all families feel welcomed and part of this wonderful community through fun parent mingles! If you are interested in joining the committee, please complete the form linked here.


CHESS ED

Register NOW for the Fall Session of Chess-Ed’s Chess Enrichment Program

Registration for the Fall Session of the after-school chess program is underway! The 10-week program takes place on Tuesdays from 2-3 pm and runs from 9/14/21 to 11/16/21. The chess program is taught by Chess-Ed instructors and is open to students in 1st through 8th grade and students of all chess abilities. Professional instruction will include the basics for beginning and novice players and build with opening theory, middle game planning, and end game combinations for continuing students. Playing chess improves memory, uses analytical and critical thinking skills, teaches problem solving, responsibility, sportsmanship, social skills and more! The benefits of chess last a lifetime!

To register, please go to www.2021-2022spcchess.eventbee.com. For more information about the program, please see the program flyer. Chess-Ed is looking forward to seeing your CHESS ENTHUSIAST this Fall!
Chess-Ed Flyer

 
 

Dear SPC Parents,

We are excited to get the school year started! Here are a few friendly reminders as we prepare for the start of the school year.

WHEN WILL MY CHILD GET THE EXCITING NEWS ABOUT THEIR NEW TEACHER/SCHEDULE?
We had initially hoped they would be available this week; however, we are changing the format. We will email you the information by next Thursday morning, August 19. You will not receive your child's teacher assignment unless your health forms have been turned in or you have given us an appointment card. See below for health form information.

MASKS
Per my email last week, we will start the year wearing masks. I am hopeful that this will be temporary and not an all-year mandate. However, we will continue to prioritize safety. I appreciate all the emails I have received regarding parent support of this safety measure! Believe me, I will be overjoyed when the masks can come off. Until then, safety first!

TEACHER MEET AND GREET
Monday, August 23
3:45-5:45 pm

HERE IS A COMPLETE LIST OF THE FACULTY & STAFF FOR 21-22

Teacher Meet and Greet is a fun day where you can come and visit your child's classroom, meet the teacher and drop off the bag of school supplies! It is an open house format; you will not need to stay the entire time. On the first day of school for Grades K – 8, students will walk into the buildings by themselves.

During the Meet and Greet, the following will be available in the gym:

  • Park Ridge Library will be available for library cards
  • Home and School will be selling student planners
  • 8th Grade Used Uniform Sale


21-22 PARENT PLEDGE FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE
*** Please sign and bring this form to the Meet and Greet.

FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL DATES & OTHER IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

Tuesday, August 24

First Day of School for Grades 1 – 8 2:00 Dismissal –Tuesdays will always be early dismissal days.
Preschool, PreK, and Multiage Orientation Day – you will receive your time slot in your teacher letter next week.

Wednesday, August 25

First Full Day of School for Preschool, PreK, Multiage, and Kindergarten
Dismissal Times: (Monday, Wednesday – Friday)

Preschool – Kindergarten - 2:55 pm
Grades 1 – 3 - 3:00 pm
Grades 4 – 8 - 3:10 pm

Wednesday, September 8

Back to School Night for Parents 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Friday, September 10

Parent Mingle 7:00 – 9:00 pm
We are excited to send you this invitation to kick off the 2021 – 22 school year with a Parent Mingle. We hope you can join us!
Please see the invitation and RSVP link here.

 

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL INFORMATION

Start of the School Day
Grades Preschool – 8 begin school at 8:00 am. Tardies will be issued to any student that arrives at school after 8:00 am.

Drop off locations
Please use the Kiss and Go line that makes the most sense for your family:

RIDGE TERRACE KISS AND GO LINE (Please, do not get out of your car!)
TIGER PARKING LOT drop-off near the alley doors of the UGC.
MAIN PARKING LOT KISS AND GO LINE

Parking Options:

If you plan to walk your Preschool, Pre-K, or Kindergarten student to the door, you may park in the Tiger Lot or the Main Parking Lot. All other grades are STRONGLY encouraged to use the three Kiss and Go options. Please do not park at the Ryan Parke Funeral Home at any time, and please do not park along the west side of Ridge Terrace. (It really makes Dr. M grumpy.)

DISMISSAL TIMES

Given our large student population, we will continue to use staggered dismissal times to allow for a better traffic flow.

2:55 pm Preschool-Kindergarten dismissed
3:00 pm Grades 1-3 dismissed
3:10 pm Grades 4-8 dismissed

ARRIVAL DOORS

EGC (Elementary Grade Center Grades Preschool – 2) All students may enter through any of the following doors:

Doors D7 and D8 (Ridge Terrace)
The Ramp Door from the Safe Zone

DISMISSAL DOORS

Preschool – Kindergarten will be dismissed from the Safe Zone (the blacktop area behind the EGC building)
1st and 2nd Grade will be dismissed out of doors D5, D7, and D8 on Ridge Terrace


UGC (UPPER GRADE CENTER Grades 3 – 8)

3rd Grade will arrive and dismiss through Door B10
4th and 5th Grade will arrive and dismiss through Door B9
6th – 8th Grades will arrive and dismiss through Door B1
The Tiger Lot will be available for a Kiss and Go drop-off in the morning.
***Summit Avenue is no longer available for drop-off and pick up given we have added Bus Service this year.

HEALTH FORMS FOR NEXT YEAR WERE DUE AUGUST 1, 2021--It is now a late homework assignment!

  • All students entering Preschool will need a physical exam form.
  • All new/transfer students (Grades PreK – 8) will need a physical, eye, and dental exam.
  • All students entering Kindergarten will need a physical, eye, and dental exam.
  • Students entering Second Grade will need a dental exam.
  • Students entering Sixth Grade will need to provide a physical exam form.

When you turn in health forms to the office, please check they are complete before submitting them.

  • Physical Form: Fill out the top section with the student's information. On the top of page 2, complete the Health History section - circle yes/no and please sign and date by Parent Signature.
  • Eye Exam Form: Sign and date the box: Consent of Parent or Guardian on page 2.
  • Dental Form: Complete the box with Student Information.

Forms were sent home and can also be found on our website or in the EGC and UGC Offices. Completed examination forms were due in the office by August 1, 2021. Your child's teacher assignment will not be available until you have turned in a completed Physical Examination Form or proof that an appointment for a physical has been scheduled. Failure to provide a completed form or appointment information by Tuesday, August 24, 2021, will result in your child being excluded from the first day of school. Your child will continue to be excluded from school until the completed form is provided, or an appointment is scheduled.

Completed forms can be emailed to Bridget Fletcher (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or dropped off at school during our summer hours - Tues, Wed, Thurs from 9:00 am – 12 pm.

Please direct all questions regarding examinations and requirements to Mrs. Bridget Fletcher at 847-825-6366 x3601 or Mrs. Linda Foy x3602.

UNIFORMS

Given that masks will continue, we will start the year with the SPIRIT WEAR COVID DRESS CODE! This dress code will be in effect from August – December. We will reevaluate in the Fall and give parents plenty of time to secure the correct uniform should guidelines change.

Students may wear any SPC clothing on any day. If students would like to wear gym uniforms each day, that is fine.

  • If students are more comfortable in the uniform skirt or jumper, that is fine as well.
  • Any SPC top can be worn at any time
  • Only uniform bottoms can be worn (gym shorts, gym pants, khaki/navy pants, or shorts or skirts).
  • Any SPC top of spirit wear can be worn.

All items purchased at Lands' End or the spirit wear shop can be worn anytime from August – December. We will most likely return to the regular dress code after Christmas vacation.

All faculty and staff are also permitted to wear spirit wear until the mask provision is lifted.

REMOTE LEARNING

We will not be offering long-term remote learning this year. Should individuals need to quarantine due to close contact exposure, we will offer the short-term remote learning that was used last year during class quarantines.

SCHOOL CALENDAR:

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE SCHOOL CALENDAR TO YOUR PHONE.

SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS
CLICK HERE

Peace,
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
Principal

 

Dear SPC Families,

My goodness, WE MADE IT!! What a year!

I know that we were all scared and worried about what this school year would bring at the beginning of this school year. I have said many times that I would have lost the bet on whether we would make it all year in person. I was hoping for school until Columbus Day, and here were June 10th--we did it! Each day I prayed in Thanksgiving that we were in person; while there were a few bumps in the road, I don’t think anyone would have anticipated that we would have an amazing, albeit challenging, school year.

Our teachers are the true heroes this year. They showed up each day to teach in a mask using instructional methods that were not easy given our guidelines. They sacrificed with grace and courage. The gift of in-person learning is truly priceless and was made possible because they said “yes” and continued to show up each day!

This year the phrase “It takes a village” could not be more truthful. Our school year is the result of everyone in the SPC community saying, “we are going to prioritize in-person education for our kids above all other things!” I know many of you made multiple sacrifices to make sure the entire school community of SPC stayed safe. You followed all the Covid rules and asked questions where there was uncertainty! Thank you for your patience. At the beginning of the school year, I remember saying that I did not take lightly the trust that you all had to put into us to send your kids to school during a pandemic, and you trusted that our reopening plan was safe. For that, I am grateful.

Yes, this year was tough, but the joy of seeing your children grow and learn truly made it all worth it. Years from now, the children of St. Paul of the Cross will look back on the year they learned in masks, and they will remember how they felt safe and loved by their teachers. They will remember learning with their friends. They will not remember a world cloaked in fear and worry, and that is an amazing gift!

May God Bless each and every one of you with a joy-filled and restful summer! And please remember, I always assign the homework of eating ice cream for breakfast at least once over summer vacation!

New Hires:
FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF NEW HIRES PLEASE CLICK HERE 

Ms. Rachel Kasprzyk
3rd Grade
Rachel just graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with her bachelor of arts in Urban Education this May. Her student teaching experience was in a 3rd-grade classroom in Chicago Public Schools. Rachel also has worked as a director of Skokie summer camp for the past five summers, working with over 150 children, ranging in ages 3-13.

Rachel was born and raised on the Northwest side of Chicago, living on Norwood Circle and recently moving to Niles. Having gone to Catholic elementary and high school, religion is very important in her daily life, as well as implementing it in the school curriculum. She cannot wait to connect with this community and meet her future students very soon!!

Teacher Placement for Next Year!

EGC

Preschool
Nora Archer
Emily Burke

PreK
Ashley Kusinski
Mary Connolly

Multi-Age
Stephanie Xamplas
Deneane LoGalbo

Kindergarten
Elizabeth Rabinack
Mary Ruth Rinaldi
Kate Murphy
Jennifer Ciupinski

1st Grade
Susan Hader
Sue Dohr
Roberta Kraft

2nd Grade
Melissa McCallister
Monica Chaparro
Stephanie Galvin

UGC

3rd Grade
Kaitlyn Gregoreck
Gail Johnson
Rachel Kaspzyk

The teachers lists below are listed as the homeroom teachers but teach multiple grades:

4th Grade
Becky Zimmerman (Math, Religion)
Nicole Lewandowski (Social Studies, Religion)

5th Grade
Gabby Valdez (Language Arts
Carla Huber (Science, Language Arts and Religion)
Beth Pecoraro (Math)

6th Grade
Kathleen Hayes (Language Arts)
Melinda Meo (Math)

7th Grade
Kelly Scott (Language Arts)
Paul Okimoto (Math)
Michael Galuska (Science)

8th Grade
Monica Shultz (Social Studies)
Meghan Donahue (Religion)

PFAs
Art: Natalie Whalen
Music: Courtney Shulz
STEM: Karl Oschner
PE: Kelly Spanos
Spanish: Teachers from Language Academy
Library: Paula Almquist

Additional Teachers
Helen Stephens (Math)

Inclusion Team:
Tina Bull
Megan Dietz
Peggy Godley
Dorothy Ross

Peace,
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh


2021-2022 National Junior Honor Society Induction

NJHS 2021 22
Congratulations to all the NJHS Inductees! Our new members hosted elections this week and I want to announce the 2021-22 NJHS leadership board:

President: Audrey Wilson
Vice President: Giovanna Sanfratello
Secretary: Karina Dzierzanowska
Treasurer: Angelo Geroulis & Liam Haran
Marketing Director: Caroline Sullivan & Carolyn Bomely


USED UNIFORM DONATIONS NEEDED! 
Clear out your closets-Used Uniform Sale donations needed! Due TOMORROW, June 11th
We will be collecting used uniforms for the used uniform sale, which will be held in August during the Teacher Meet & Greets. Items we will accept:

  • Navy/khaki shorts and pants
  • Plaid skirts and jumpers
  • All Lands End polos, gym uniforms, sweatshirts, pullovers, fleeces, dresses, skirts, etc.

Please drop off bagged items you are donating to the UGC office next week. Please deliver all items no later than tomorrow, June 11th. 


 

HSA School Supply Kits Pre-Order 
Hello Everyone, it is that time of year to pre-order your child’s school supplies easily and conveniently. 

Please place orders by 7/11. Discounted pricing is valid through 6/20/2021.  All orders will be shipped to home, and shipping costs are included in kit price.  Please order assignment notebooks through the site to guarantee availability, even if you aren't ordering a kit.
If you have any questions please contact Maria Almendarez Gemoets at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please click here to download the school supply kit flyer.


FROM THE PARISH

We have an active and vibrant parish and encourage everyone to read the weekly bulletins for Fr. Britto's weekly letter and stay informed about all upcoming events and programs. 
Please click here for the latest bulletin.


FROM THE COMMUNITY

Park Ridge Library Summer Reading Club!
Summer 2021 CS Flyer 1
Click on the image above to download the complete flyer with all the details!
Click here for a video about the Park Ridge Library Summer Reading Club.


Co-Ed Basketball Skills Sessions June & July Grades 5th-8th
Click on the flyer here.


Trinity Girls' Basketball Camp Grades K-4th, 5th-8th, 9-12th
Click here for the flyer.


Loyola Academy Junior High Summer Enrichment Program
Summer will be here soon! Loyola Academy will be offering their Jr. High Summer Enrichment Program for summer 2021. Please click here to download the flyer.

Loyola Academy Sports Camps for Rising 6th Graders and Up
Summer 2021 Sports Camps Brochure

Summer Basketball Camps Flyer

Loyola Academy Summer Rowing Camps for Rising 6th - 9th Graders
Please click here to download the flyer with all the details.
Please click here to watch a video on a recent rowing season.


Summer Camps 2021

Please click here to learn all about St. Patrick High School's 2021 Summer Camps! Many of the camps are for all ages and are co-ed.


Regina Dominican Summer Athletic Camps 5th–8th Grade Girls

Girls in the 5th-8th grade are invited to join us this summer for one of our athletic camps! Meet Regina Dominican Coaches and current Panthers as you enhance your athletic skills while enjoying all summer has to offer!
To register, click here.
Download the flyer here.


Resurrection Summer 2021 Girls Athletic Camps 4th–12th Grade Girls
Basketball, Lacrosse, Tennis, Running, Softball & Volleyball!
To register, click here.


STEM CAMP Grades K-6th
Energize your kid’s creativity and confidence with our new Camp Invention® program, Recharge! When this nationally acclaimed program comes to St. Elizabeth of the Trinity from August 2 - 6, 2021 campers in grades K-6 will collaborate with friends in hands-on, open-ended STEM challenges. They’ll take apart a microphone to explore its inner workings, build and test a device to launch rubber ducks, and design morphing vehicles for the Super Road Rally! Each activity is designed to inspire curiosity, spark imaginations and give your young innovator the best summer ever. Click here to secure your spot! Use promo code SUM25 by 5/26 to save $25.

Dear SPC Families,

Thank you for all your prayers and well wishes for Father Britto's special Mass of Thanksgiving on Wednesday. Not only was it beautiful that we could all pray together in the church but to do so on a day where we honored the amazing service and ministry of Father Britto made it extra special. I hope you all can see (in-person) the painting of St. Paul of the Cross that was commissioned in honor of Father Britto soon! 
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Our 8th graders are wrapping up their final days at SPC with some fun class activities. Please keep them in your prayers as they prepare to leave SPC and transition to high school. The class of 2021 has shown grace, courage and leadership all year as everything they had hoped their year would be was dramatically changed by the pandemic. 

One week of this amazing school year left---we can do this!!

Please see below for the following:

  • Calendar Reminders
  • More New Teacher Bios
  • Molly Strong Donation
  • Used Uniform Sale
  • Covid Dashboard---Final 20-21 Edition with some AMAZING NUMBERS!!! 

Calendar Reminders:

Monday, June 7th: NO SCHOOL FOR 8th GRADE

5:00 8th Grade Parade--please come andhonk and wave for our Class of 2021

Wednesday, June 9th: Last Day for Preschool and Prek

Thursday, June 10th: Last Day for Kindergarten

Friday, June 11th: Last Day of School for Grades 1-7 10:30 Dismissal 

Welcome New St Paul of the Cross Faculty and Staff
2021-2022

MORE NEW TEACHER BIOS!

ELA Teacher
Mrs. Kelly Scott (Grades 7-8)
I was born and raised in the Quad Cities and always felt like there was something bigger for me elsewhere. After graduating from Northern Illinois with a B.A. in English and studying education at North Central College in Naperville, I continued migrating eastward and landed in the Big City. I taught reading and language arts to middle school students for CPS for four years and loved sharing my enthusiasm for reading and writing with them. While at CPS, I have been involved in leadership roles, implementing reading interventions for students, and of course, learning and developing my craft along the way.

Through my time at CPS, I have gained a diverse knowledge of what it means to be part of a major city and a small community. I joined Queen of Angels in 2017, and in an effort to give back to my own neighborhood, I have led my students in charitable fundraising for various causes. It is so rewarding to support my students' passions and ideas and watch them flourish!

My goal is to instill a love of reading and expressing oneself through writing. To do this, I create a welcoming and positive environment with many opportunities to read, write, share and celebrate our efforts. I am looking forward to joining the community and teaching the middle school students ELA at St. Paul of the Cross!

Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Elizabeth Rabinak
After many years of teaching at Queen of Angels School in Chicago, I am delighted to continue my service to children and families at St. Paul of the Cross. I have worn many hats since I began in 2005, including teaching preschool, second grade, and third grade, as well as coordinating the extended care and camp programs at the school. I had a brief experience as an assistant principal, but my heart truly belongs in the classroom! Currently, I have my B.A. in Elementary Education but am playing the part of student right now and taking courses towards a Masters in Early Childhood Education.

As a teacher, I endeavor to bring positive, rich experiences to children and work to ignite a true love of learning. I have two young boys at home that remind me every day how splendid and special childhood is. I am a terrible gardener but enjoy it heartily and find the same applies to my cooking. Thankfully I am an adept teacher, and my husband can cook, so it all works out. 

My favorite school memories include May Crowning masses in the spring and small moments of joy with my students. I am so looking forward to creating new memories at St. Paul of the Cross.


Molly Strong Update: 
Thanks to all who donated to Molly Strong. Because of your generosity, we have raised $1,610 for Molly and her family! Please continue to keep them in your prayers.

Clear out your closets-Used Uniform Sale donations needed Due June 11th
We will be collecting used uniforms for the used uniform sale, which will be held in August during the Teacher Meet & Greets. Items we will accept:

  • Navy/khaki shorts and pants
  • Plaid skirts and jumpers
  • All Lands End polos, gym uniforms, sweatshirts, pullovers, fleeces, dresses, skirts, etc.

Please drop off bagged items you are donating to the UGC office next week. Please deliver all items no later than Friday, June 11th. 

COVID DASHBOARD 
WHAT A GREAT LAST DASHBOARD TO END THE YEAR!!!!! Let’s keep it this way!
June 3, 2021

Covid Dashboard June 3

Time Sensitive School Information Below
Please read the rest of the Thursday Mailing below my letter. We have a lot of information to communicate, and don't want you to miss out. 

Peace,
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh


HOME & SCHOOL ASSOCIATION

End of Year Faculty Gift Fund 

The Home and School Association is pleased to sponsor The End of the Year Faculty Gift Fund. This is a convenient way for parents to give end of the year gifts to all of their children’s teachers and the staff at our school. Your contribution will provide a monetary gift to all teachers (homeroom, practical fine arts, and resources), aides, the principal, assistant Principal, administrative assistants, school secretaries, and the maintenance staff.

Our teachers have worked so hard this year and have remained resilient, kept our children engaged in the classroom and most importantly safe. We are so grateful for each and every one of them!

Last year contributions averaged $80 per family. However, we encourage you to give at your comfort level. We also realize families make financial sacrifices to send their children to Catholic school so please give at the level that works for your family. Any amount is appreciated.

Please make your contribution online at: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=MDQ5GD5XBTYN4&source=url 

You can also send in a check in an envelope labeled End of Year Faculty Gift Fund to the office. Please make your check payable to “Saint Paul of the Cross Home and School Association”.

All contributions need to be turned in by Friday, June 4th and gifts will be dispersed the last week of school.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Katie Murphy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kelly Regan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you for considering this contribution. The SPC teachers and staff truly appreciate the thoughtfulness and generosity of our families. 

Stay healthy and safe!

Sincerely,
Home and School Association


HSA School Supply Kits Pre-Order 
Hello Everyone, it is that time of year to pre-order your child’s school supplies easily and conveniently. 

Please place orders by 7/11. Discounted pricing is valid through 6/20/2021.  All orders will be shipped to home, and shipping costs are included in kit price.  Please order assignment notebooks through the site to guarantee availability, even if you aren't ordering a kit.
If you have any questions please contact Maria Almendarez Gemoets at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please click here to download the school supply kit flyer.


 

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This Weekend, June 5th & 6th In-Person at Skokie Village Crossing

We are partnering with Barnes & Noble in Skokie at Village Crossing Center, 5405 Touhy Avenue
Families can shop all day Saturday and Sunday. Present the voucher below and help support SPC! 
Download voucher here.


Shelly the Turtle Needs a New Home!
Turtle Cartoon

Shelly, the classroom turtle from Mrs. Stypka's science lab, has been living in Mrs. Stypka's house since Covid. Previously, Shelly had lead an enjoyable life as the classroom pet, sometimes swimming in her tank and sometimes walking among the students in class. Mrs. Stypka is moving on to new adventures, and so must Shelly.

Shelly, a female, is red-eared slider, a species native to Illinois, the size of the diameter of a dinner plate, and needs to have adequate space to swim and roam. Shelly's diet consists of dried turtle food of various types. Shelly loves to bask in the warmth of the sun (or special heat lamp) and take long walks in the grass and shrubs.

Please let Mrs. Stypka know if you would like to consider taking Shelly. We can set up a Meet and Greet. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


GS Kindergarten Leader Request 5 2021
Please click here to download information and details. Thank you!


FROM THE PARISH

We have an active and vibrant parish and encourage everyone to read the weekly bulletins for Fr. Britto's weekly letter and stay informed about all upcoming events and programs. 
Please click here for the latest bulletin.


FROM THE COMMUNITY

Park Ridge Library Summer Reading Club!
Summer 2021 CS Flyer 1
Click on the image above to download the complete flyer with all the details!
Click here for a video about the Park Ridge Library Summer Reading Club.


Edison Park Fall 2021 Outdoor Soccer Registration - Attention Pre K (4) – 8th Grade Girls & Boys 
Download the details here.


Loyola Academy Junior High Summer Enrichment Program
Summer will be here soon! Loyola Academy will be offering their Jr. High Summer Enrichment Program for summer 2021. Please click here to download the flyer.

Loyola Academy Sports Camps for Rising 6th Graders and Up
Summer 2021 Sports Camps Brochure

Summer Basketball Camps Flyer

Loyola Academy Summer Rowing Camps for Rising 6th - 9th Graders
Please click here to download the flyer with all the details.
Please click here to watch a video on a recent rowing season.


Summer Camps 2021

Please click here to learn all about St. Patrick High School's 2021 Summer Camps! Many of the camps are for all ages and are co-ed.


St. Viator's Newsletter
Please click here for the May Newsletter
 


Regina Dominican Summer Athletic Camps 5th–8th Grade Girls

Girls in the 5th-8th grade are invited to join us this summer for one of our athletic camps! Meet Regina Dominican Coaches and current Panthers as you enhance your athletic skills while enjoying all summer has to offer!
To register, click here.
Download the flyer here.


Resurrection Summer 2021 Girls Athletic Camps 4th–12th Grade Girls
Basketball, Lacrosse, Tennis, Running, Softball & Volleyball!
To register, click here.


STEM CAMP Grades K-6th
Energize your kid’s creativity and confidence with our new Camp Invention® program, Recharge! When this nationally acclaimed program comes to St. Elizabeth of the Trinity from August 2 - 6, 2021 campers in grades K-6 will collaborate with friends in hands-on, open-ended STEM challenges. They’ll take apart a microphone to explore its inner workings, build and test a device to launch rubber ducks, and design morphing vehicles for the Super Road Rally! Each activity is designed to inspire curiosity, spark imaginations and give your young innovator the best summer ever. Click here to secure your spot! Use promo code SUM25 by 5/26 to save $25.